ACES: Artists of Color Expo & Symposium2021-02-19T13:42:16-08:00

Apply now to be part of the next (virtual) ACES on May 15+16, 2021.

We will consider proposals from BIPOC artists for visual arts, performances, films & video arts, workshops, presentations, listening sessions, and open forums. Deadline: February 21 at midnight.

ACES is a BIPOC-centered and led art conference. Our vision is to establish a space for artists of color to celebrate and center ourselves. We are coming together with intentionality to value our work and see one another as resources, while focusing on the challenges and solutions we face as artists of color in the Pacific Northwest.

  • February 10: Info Session at 5pm
  • February 21: Artist Applications Due by Midnight
  • May 15-16: ACES Event Days

Applicants Must Be:

  • Washington State residents and those who are infusing the Pacific Northwest with their radiant and invaluable melanin.

There are three categories that applicants can choose from:

Visual Art (painting, sculpture, photography, mixed media…)
Visual artists can expect a flat fee of $100 per work accepted.
No more than 3 accepted works.

Performance (music, movement, poetry, acting, film/video…)
Performing artists can expect a flat fee of $100 per person per performance.
Limit 10-30 minute performances.

Presentation/Workshop/Open Forum/Listening Session
Artists can expect to receive a flat fee of $100 per person.
Limit 30 minute programs.

Please contact Martin Tran ( with questions about your application.

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I felt the entire event was the most inclusive it could possibly be. I loved being in one space with so many artists of color that I knew and did not know of. I loved the tabling w/ so many helpful, relevant organizations. I loved the keynote speakers. Everything was genuinely AMAZING and lovingly curated/facilitated. Thank you!

2017 Attendee

After two emotionally inspiring days surrounded by incredibly creative, passionate, and positive people, I left ACES with a renewed sense of empowerment, confidence, and fire that I’ve been missing since my move to Seattle.

2017 Attendee

Listening to the experiences of people of color and the level of difficulties they faced was very insightful. I was amazed to hear a group of such experienced educators talk about how difficult they found it to find spaces to teach.

2017 Attendee

I was just really pleased that this was put together and that so many people showed up. I think it shows how much we need this kind of event.

2017 Attendee

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